1 By cool Siloam's shady rill
how sweet the lily grows!
How sweet the breath beneath the hill
of Sharon's dewy rose!
2 Lo! such the child whose early feet
the paths of peace have trod,
whose secret heart with influence sweet
is upward drawn to God.
3 By cool Siloam's shady rill
the lily must decay,
the rose that blooms beneath the hill
must shortly fade away;
4 And soon, too soon, the wintry hour
of life's maturer age
will shake the soul with sorrow's power
and stormy passion's rage.
5 O thou, whose infant feet were found
within thy Father's shrine,
whose years, with changeless virtue crowned,
were all alike divine,
6 Dependent on thy bounteous breath
we seek thy grace alone,
through every stage of life, and death,
to keep us still thine own.
|First Line:||By cool Siloam's shady rill|
|Author:||Reginald Heber (1783-1826)|
|Scripture:||Isaiah 40:6-8; Isaiah 46:3-4; Job 32:8; Job 33:4; Luke 2:39-52; Psalm 103:15-16; Song of Solomon 2:1|
|Topic:||The Holy Spirit: The Church Celebrates - Family, Friendship, and Marriage; Funerals: general; Stages of Life|
|Composer:||William Gardiner (1770-1853)|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
|Source:||Harm.: compilers of Revised Church Hymnary, 1927|